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Sep 25, 2013

Sep 25, 2013 Podcast: bitter melon extract for fat loss, natural solutions for bloodshot eyes, home remedies for Shingles, can you exercise hard if you're pregnant, and how to run a 15K.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right, use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form... but be prepared to wait - we prioritize audio questions over text questions.

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October 4, 6:30pm Pacific: "Get Your Ideal Winter Physique" is next Inner Circle webinar. Get in for 10 bucks a month here.

October 8-16: Ben and Brock will be in Kona. Click here to help donate to the cause! F

ebruary 6 to March 6, 2014: Want to get into the Perfect Health Diet retreat in Austin, Texas? Click here for all details. Ben Greenfield will be presenting at the Feb 6-Mar 6 retreat.

If you're looking for a topic we covered in the past - we have released the Ben Greenfield Fitness Top Hits, Vol. 1 on iTunes.

And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast "sidekick".

For those of you who asked about what blood tests to ask your doctor for, here is the DirectLabslink that I mention.

Bitter Melon Extract for fat loss

Suzanne says @ 00:19:31 She has been using Bitter Melon extract and Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss. Is one better than the other? Can she take them together? Should she? ~ In my response, I mention MPX100 Bitter Melon Extract and Garcinia with 50% HCA.

Natural solutions for bloodshot eyes

Deanna says @ 00:25:44 Wondering what she can do about the blood shot-ness in the whites of her eyes. She wants the whites to be white again! She's in her mid-30s, she runs about 6 miles a day, she eats healthy and gets plenty of sleep. Could it be something lacking in her diet? ~ In my reply, I recommend this presentation on eye health from the Ancestral Health Symposium.

Home remedies for Shingles

Sam says @ 00:32:57 His sister just found out that she has the shingles virus. What might be good solutions or home remedies to treat shingles? ~ In my response, I mention this Tai Chi DVD and proteolytic enzymes from Recoverease.

Can you exercise hard if you're pregnant?

Vashti says @ 00:40:23 She is a fitness trainer... who is pregnant (bit of a surprise to her). She is 42 but fit and strong. Is there anything she should adjust? Any adaptions physically and nutritionally that she should make due to her age? ~ In my reply, I mention this controversial article on a Crossfit pregnant mom. I recommend these 14 core exercises for pregnancy. I also recommend this podcast on pregnancy with Cassandra Forsythe, the Better Baby Book by Dave Asprey, and Chris Kresser's Healthy Baby Code.

Foods that fight blood clots

Vicki says @ 00:55:16 She just started learning to run about a year ago. 6 months in she developed a blood clot in her neck. She was on coumadin for the last few months but she just had an ultrasound and the blood clot is now gone. She is back to running but she would like to keep her blood a little more thin. She has an issue with thick blood (she was on high doses on coumadin). Is there a natural way to make her blood more thin? ~ In my reply, I mention fish oil and Phenocane and proteolytic enzymes from Recoverease. I also recommend a full fat soluble vitamin spectrum that includes Vitamin K2 – 50-100mcg per day.

How to run a 15K

Shane says @ 01:02:12He is a new runner, running 5ks, and has lost about 50lbs. He has decided to run a 15k at the end of October. How should he prepare? What should he take on the run? He is a complete rookie.

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Sep 21, 2013

If you've ever wanted to sleep better, learn how to meditate, enhance your relaxation, or even delve in the world of cutting-edge mental techniques such as lucid dreaming and enhanced alpha brain wave activation, then today's episode is for you!

Vishen Lakhiani (pictured right) is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley— a ground-breaking company comprised of innovators, artists, technologist and dreamers from over 30 countries around the world. Vishen works with authors, thinkers, and leaders who have pioneered new ways of doing traditional things: parenting, entrepreneurship, spiritual growth, self-development and more.

Mindvalley’s team of programmers and marketers then work to build the systems to take these ideas mainstream. Resources we mention during this episode include:

-The meditation app Omvana

-The sleep app Dormio 

-Lucid Dreaming

-Binaural Beats

-Om Harmonics

-Six Phase Meditation video

And here's one extra for you. I've personally been implementing both the MindValley apps and also a morning journaling technique from FiveMinuteJournal.com to enhance my relaxation, goal-setting and focus each day.

What about you? Do you meditate? Do you use these apps? What kind of questions do you have about sleep, meditation and relaxation? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Sep 20, 2013

Sep 19, 2013 Podcast: Is alkaline water a scam, ADHD diet for kids, losing weight after adrenal fatigue, what is the best biohacking device, how to test your electrolytes, and how to train for speed and endurance at the same time.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form... but be prepared to wait - we prioritize audio questions over text questions.

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Special Announcements:

-October 4, 6:30pm Pacific: "Get Your Ideal Winter Physique" is next Inner Circle webinar. Get in for 10 bucks a month here.

-February 6 to March 6, 2014: Want to get into the Perfect Health Diet retreat in Austin, Texas? Click here for all details. Ben Greenfield will be presenting at the Feb 6-Mar 6 retreat.

-If you're looking for a topic we covered in the past - we have released the Ben Greenfield Fitness Top Hits, Vol. 1 on iTunes.

-And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

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Testimonial from Chris @ 00:18:28In a period of 6 months every major aspect of my life - professional, personal and mental - hit complete failure. In a dark place, in incredibly bad health, recovering from a second lower spine surgery, scrambling after my startup company closed shop, spiraling from an incredibly bad (like Manti T'eo meets Catfish bad) relationship breakup, following a two week whiskey bender in Vegas, my older brother (Michael) answered my social network plea to help me hit the life reset button. Together we trained for and finished our first 70.3 triathlon in only 90 days. In the process I'm now in the best shape of my life and have achieved a new level of mental clarity and drive. My 70.3 race goals (in decreasing order) were to 1) finish the half-ironman 2) finish under 6:00:00 maximum 3) finish under 5:45:00 stretch 4) do not walk during the run leg 5) leave with a desire to continue training in endurance multi sports and 6) beat my brother -he beat me in both of our tune-up olympic distance triathlons.

Is Alkaline Water A Scam?

BodyChem says @ 00:22:30Kangen Water "a means of delivering alkaline water to your body". Is this a good thing to do for as source of hydration all the time or just now and then?

ADHD Diet for Kids

Breakfast says @ 00:30:51She has a 10-year-old son that will not eat breakfast. He is on an ADHD medication so he really needs to eat a breakfast with protein in it. Would you recommend a protein powder smoothie for breakfast? She read that Coronation Instant Breakfast was a good thing to give him (due to the vitamins and minerals). She doesn't want to give that to him but she does want to get some protein in with the meds.

Losing weight after adrenal fatigue

Fatloss says @ 00:40:59 Recovering from adrenal fatigue and wants to lose the 10lbs he put on while recovering. What would be the best way to lose the weight without risking a relapse? ~ In my response, I mention the CoolFatBurner.com vest and Focal furniture website.

What is the best biohacking device?

Jen says @ 00:50:20 She has a birthday coming up next month and wants to ask for a biohacking tool or electronic. What would be the best one be for the money that will tell her the most information? She does half and full marathons but mostly just goes to the gym and does group exercise classes. She already has a Garmin and a HR Monitor. ~ In my response, I mention the Azumio Argus + LifeTrak device OR the Zensorium Tinke OR the FitBit. We also mention the MindAlive therapy device.

How to test your electrolytes

Jeremy says @ 00:59:08 He is looking for a good way to track his electrolytes. Is there a way to know what you are specifically low on? He currently uses endurolytes (20 ounces of water and 4 endurolyte pills per hour) but doesn't know if that is the right ratio. ~ In my reply, I mention WellnessFX Baseline Test and DirectLabs Mineral Panel. I also talk about Onnit+ Himalayan Sea Salt or trace liquid minerals.

How to train for speed and endurance at the same time

Mathew says @ 01:04:30 He is doing a "stair race" in February (less than 5 minutes all out max effort) and then do a "50 mile running race" in May. He is worried that he does not have time to switch his body over in between. He has a solid base going into the training but is worried about training for both races almost at the same time. ~ In my response I mention this article on Power and Speed movements.

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Sep 11, 2013

For the past 4 days, I've been living in the Rocky Mountain National Park - at above 9000 feet altitude in the depths of the Colorado wilderness. During each of those days, I took a 15-30 minute icy cold plunge into the big mountain lake...

...and there's a very specific reason why - something called "cold thermogenesis" (also known as "CT").

If you don't know what CT is - or why it can help you get massively tougher, burn fat faster, decrease inflammation, boost performance and build cardiovascular endurance, then today's Tim Ferriss Cold Thermogenesis Special Episode is for you.

In this interview, I talk more about the topic of cold and fat loss with Tim Ferriss, and NASA materials engineer Ray Cronise.In this episode, we discuss:

-Why weight loss experts are wrong when they say that “calories in=calories out” is the weight loss equation….

-What type of self-experiments Tim conducted to see whether changes in body temperature can result in weight loss…

-Exactly how your biology responds to cold, and what it means for your rapid fat loss…

-What to eat before cold exposure to make you lose even more fat, faster…

-Practical ways to get instant cold exposure for weight loss…

-The future of research and experimentation in cold exposure and fat loss…

Due to the fact that I'm off to London this week to speak at the Global Triathlon Conference and do a Primality workshop with Darryl Edwards, we dug this extremely popular podcast episode out of our archives. If you want more resources on cold thermogenesis, then you're in luck. In addition to today's podcast, I'd highly recommend you check out the following:

-The DeSoto Arm Coolers I'll be sporting during Ironman Hawaii this year

-Tim's 4 Hour Body book

-What Is A Body Cooling Device, and Does It Actually Work?

-How You Can Use Cold Thermogenesis To Perform Like Lance Armstrong And Michael Phelps

-Tips For Burning More Fat With Cold Thermogenesis (And Why Icing Really Does Work)

-The BenGreenfieldFitness Premium content, which features an absolutely mind-blowing 1 hour cold thermogenesis lecture and slides by Ray Cronise

Question, comments or feedback about cold thermogenesis? Have you tried cold thermogenesis? If so, what have you found successful? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

Sep 6, 2013

If you want to naturally heal your body, and are sick of expensive or overwhelming solutions to get rid of pain, then today's podcast episode with Jason Wachob is perfect for you.

As CEO and Founder of MindBodyGreen.com, Jason's goal is to inspire people around the world to live their healthiest lives, by making informed choices about food, movement, and spirituality.

After being told that he required back surgery, Jason opted for yoga and is now completely healed. Jason has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue Australia, and has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. You can watch his video telling the story of how MindBodyGreen came to life here.

Resources we mention during the show:

-5 Reasons Why Dudes Should Practice Yoga

-Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about how to naturally heal back pain? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com

Sep 4, 2013

Sep 4, 2013 Podcast: how to get strong as a bull and then get ripped, how to get better results from cold thermogenesis, what to do about excessive sweating, how often should you poop, the best natural skin care strategies, and how to get rid of a bone spur without surgery.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form... but be prepared to wait - we prioritize audio questions over text questions.

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Ben's official Ironman Canada/ketosis/minimalist training race report - came out on Sunday in a special Premium Podcast. Sign up and check it out!

ONE slot remaining - November 14 or 21 to December 4, 2013 Thailand Triathlon Adventure with Ben Greenfield - details at pacificfit.net/thailand. Now including the pre-camp: It's a "high end" triathlon training resort. Brand new facilities - check 'em out! We're going to do coached sessions every day. It won't be hardcore training as much as a focus on learning about nutrition, training, fitness, and how to "get the edge" in endurance, life and health!

September 10 to 12, 2013: The Global Business Triathlon Conference is featuring Ben Greenfield as a speaker. Hilton London Metropole, London, UK - Join us for the premier global gathering of leaders of the triathlon business community. Enjoy three days of learning, networking and fun at the newly renovated Hilton London Metropole, conveniently located near the ITU World Championship activities in Hyde Park. Here is a link to the Facebook page for the London meetup with Ben Greenfield.

February 6 to March 6, 2014: Want to get into the Perfect Health Diet retreat in Austin, Texas? Click here for all details. Ben Greenfield will be presenting at the Feb 6-Mar 6 retreat.

If you're looking for a topic we covered in the past - we have released the Ben Greenfield Fitness Top Hits, Vol. 1 on iTunes.

And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - leave your review for a chance to win some!

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast "sidekick".

How To Get Strong As A Bull, And Then Get Ripped

555 says @ 00:22:53 Do you think the Strong Lift 555 program is effective for someone trying to bulk up? ~ In my reply, I recommend "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe, the book "Interventions" by Dan John, and my 9 Month Men's Muscle Building Program on TrainingPeaks.

How To Get Better Results From Cold Thermogenesis

Jenna says @ 00:32:16 Is it better to use all cold water (like an ice bath) or cycle between cold and hot water (like a contrast shower) to maximize the effects of cold thermogenesis? Is there a clear winner or is one better for recovery goals and one better for metabolic goals? ~ In my response to Jenna, I recommend the Ray Cronise episode inside the BenGreenfieldFitness phone app. I also recommend my Cold Thermogenesis How-To article.

What To Do About Excessive Sweating

Mike says @ 00:39:43 He's a 44-year-old who has worked out his whole life. In the last 10 years, he has started reacting differently to humidity - he sweats a lot. To the point of embarrassment. Should he shut off the air conditioning? Is there any way he can learn to deal with heat and humidity better? ~ In my reply, I mention an autoimmune protocol.

How Often Should You Poop?

JustWondering says @ 00:50:19 How many times should you poop in a day? ~ In my response, I mention the How To Poop The Right Way episode we did. I also recommend The Squatty Potty.

The best natural skin care strategies

Kelcey says @ 00:58:21 She buys skin care products from Hydron but they contain BHA. She emailed Hydron about it and there was some back and forth. In the end, because of her email, they are going to start some testing to see if they can get rid of the BHA in their products and use Rosamox instead. Is this better? ~ In my response, I mention the two BenGreenfieldFitness Inner Circle webinars: How To Make Your Own Sunscreen & Natural Skin Protection and How To Protect Your Skin By Avoiding Chemicals And Choosing The Right Products.

How To Get Rid of A Bone Spur Without Surgery

Bob says @ 01:09:23 He has a serious bone spur near his big toe. He knows surgery is inevitable but is hoping to learn why bone spurs happen and if there is a non-surgical treatment for them. ~ In my response, I recommend Phenocane and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy with an Earthpulse device.

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Sep 1, 2013

Alright folks, this is it.

For the past 12 weeks - in a build-up to racing an Ironman triathlon - I've been combining low carb and extreme minimalist training protocols...

...I've been biohacking every last detail...

...I've been tracking all blood and performance results...

...and now I'm releasing everything to you in one fell swoop.

If you've ever wanted to know exactly what happens to the body when you use ketosis, a low carbohydrate diet or minimalist training protocols, and then try to pull off a feat of physical performance such as an Ironman triathlon or a marathon or a Crossfit competition or anything else remotely insane, you're about to find out what happens - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I am releasing this entire report as a Premium audio episode - and in addition to detailing all the nitty-gritty blood results, race results, practical fueling tips, workout details and every question about the race submitted on the BenGreenfieldFitness Facebook page, I also reveal some pretty shocking details that you're not going to want to miss, including whether I would ever do something like this again.

Resources mentioned during this audio include:

-My "Minimalist Training" Build-Up to Ironman Hawaii World Championships

-The video of what I ate during the race.

-Downloadable .pdf of WellnessFX blood results

-Official Ironman Canada results

-Low T3 Syndrome article by Chris Kresser

-Article about Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and Cortisol

If you need to catch yourself up to speed, the previous two episodes in this series are: 

-The Great Ketogenic Ironman Experiment - Can You Go Low-Carb And Be A Fast Endurance Athlete Without Destroying Your Body?

-The Official "Ask Me Anything About Ketosis & Ironman" Premium Podcast

Click here to donate to the podcast and, in doing so, directly support Ben's journey to get to the big race in Kona! Questions, comments or feedback? 

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